First 2014 Infiniti Q50 Rolls off Assembly Line, Signals Infiniti Future
The discontinued Infiniti G sedan fell a little further back in the rearview mirror today, as the first production 2014 Infiniti Q50 rolled off the assembly line at the Tochigi plant in Japan. Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen was on hand, as was Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. The future of the Japanese luxury automaker will largely rest on the reception of Infiniti's volume leader. Hoping to blend performance with luxury and comfort, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 will look to spar with the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, in a very tough segment. The 2014 Q50 will be powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine in the U.S. market, capable of producing 328 hp. Europeans will receive a 2.1-liter diesel, originally produced by Mercedes-Benz. The Infiniti Q50 will start at $37,355, while an available hybrid model—an electric motor paired to a V-6 engine will make 354-hp combined— will bump the starting price to $44,605. Infiniti CEO de Nysschen said the "Q50 really earmarks the new design direction, the new brand philosophy." We thought the Infiniti Q50 showed promise when we first saw it at its Detroit debut earlier this year. We'll be driving the Q50 before it goes on sale this summer, check back for our first drive impressions. Source: Infiniti
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